The Simple Process of Transferring a Domain

You have a domain, and you have it registered on a registry. However, but your current domain name registrar isn’t a good fit for your business’ web needs. Whether it is the increasing price, lack of service or support, transferring your domain to another registrar can be the best option for your business. And the best part? It is easy to do.

You may be thinking that it will be easier for someone with knowledge in domain name processes, but not for the average business owner who has a limited understanding of domain names.

You want to transfer your domain to a new registrar, but the thought of the process seems intimidating. You’ve never worked with another provider before. You think that it will takes days and a lot of technical know-how.

The only problem is that you don’t have the luxury of either. You can’t afford your website to be down for days and you only have a basic understanding of domain name processes.

The domain transfer data process is actually easier than you think.

How to Transfer Your Domain

According to ICANN’s Policy on Transfer of Registrations Between Registrars, the usual domain name transfer process is:

  1. Verify the WHOIS admin contact information. Make sure that the email address for the administrator is valid, correct and current. You’ll need the right email to get the authentication code from the domain name register. You’ll need to remove the domain lock that has been place on your domain’s registrar. If your information is out of date, you should wait 12-24 hours for the updated changes to take effect.
  2. Tell the new registrar of your intent to transfer and give them your authentication code.
  3. The new registrar will only be able to process the transfer with consent and authorization from the registered name holder or administrative contact and with the authentication code presented by the domain name owner.
  4. The old registrar will notify the end user to confirm the transfer. Sometimes the name owner will need to access their online tools to reiterate their intention to transfer.
  5. After validating the owner’s account and identity, the old registrar will release authority to the new registrar.
  6. You’ll be contacted by the new registrar when the transfer is completed.

The typical domain transfer process can take up to 14 days and once the domain is transferred, it cannot be transferred again for 60 days, unless it is transferred back to the old registrar.

While this process is simple and easy, it can still be time-consuming. Two weeks after all is a long time for your website to be out of commission.

With this potentially long time frame, it is not recommended to leave the transferring of your domains until shortly your domains are about to expire. To save yourself headaches, expenses and the real possibility of forever losing your domain name, transfer your domains while there is still adequate time before your domains expire.

A Quicker Way

Some premium domain name sellers such as Domain Market, offer a domain transfer service that can be done in a matter of a few days and the whole process will be one for you.

At Domain Market, we are able to transfer your domain names to reputable registrars such as GoDaddy in a matter of 3-7 business days.

All you have to do is wait for our email confirming the transfer and instructions on how you get control of your domains.

If you’d like more information on transferring domains or are interested in us doing the process for you so you can focus on your business, contact Domain Market today.

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